Bonsai For Beginners



Yaupon Holly - Drastic Pruning to Begin Creating a Bonsai





The leading cause of death in juniper bonsai is that people try to keep this pine indoors. It should be kept outdoors whenever possible, and only brought in during the harshest parts of winter or during snow storms that would suffocate the plant. Once the extremely bad weather has past, your juniper bonsai should be sent back outside so it can remain in dormancy. 

Each species of tree is different, and depending on when your tree is dormant and active is when you will prune your plant. Some species need to be pruned before new buds have grown. Others need pruned as the buds are forming. Learn about your specific species of tree and prune it accordingly. If you are attentive, bonsai care is simple, and anyone can handle caring for one of these beautiful trees. 

In addition to the four basic bonsai supplies, there are many other tools that are used in the care of bonsai. While most beginners only work with the four basic bonsai supplies, advanced users will use wire pliers, and special concave clippers to help shape and grow their bonsai. As you become more skilled with your bonsai, you will find you need more of these bonsai supplies in order to get the style of bonsai you desire. 

A clean cut is required when you're wanting to hide evidence that the tree has had branches removed unnaturally. When setting wires, good tweezers can make the difference between a good placement and your branch being scarred from bad placement of wires. You can buy bonsai tools from all across the world, although the vast majority of high quality, recommended bonsai tools come from Japan. 

However, while there are a lot of steps, the process of growing a bonsai is extremely simple if you have patience and take your time learning what you need to know. The first step in growing bonsai is to learn about the type of tree you want to grow. All bonsai trees differ from one another. You cannot use the same care for a juniper as you would a ficus bonsai. 

The most common type of bamboo bonsai found in homes is the 'lucky' bamboo, which is believed to bring luck to their owners. This variety of bamboo is hardy, and can be grown indoors or outdoors, provided that the bamboo is protected against frost. Like most species of bamboo, the plant does not thrive well in places where frost occurs.